This work has examples of:
- Creator Breakdown: This was a physical, rather than mental, breakdown. Antonio Prohías suffered from a muscular disease in the 1980s that slowly deteriorated his ability to draw. By 1987, the MAD staff were forced to find a replacement artist.
- Fan Nickname: While many fans just refer to the spies as Black and White, respectively, in some fanfictions, the black spy is named either "Cloak" or "Joke," and the white spy is "Dagger." This is likely in reference to a compilation book titled The Joke and Dagger Files.
- The Other Darrin: After Prohías left the magazine, the art duties went to Bob Clarke, George Woodbridge (for one issue), and later Dave Manak, with a rotation of gag writers including Don "Duck" Edwing, Andrew J. Schwartzberg, and Michael Gallagher. By 1997, Peter Kuper took over art and most of the writing duties, although other people sometimes write the gags for Kuper to draw.